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WW1 records discovered

Monday, 16th March, 2009

A British historian has stumbled across records from World War One that have been virtually untouched for 90 years.

The records contain the personal details of soldiers who died in the war and may reveal the final resting places of many of them.

You can watch an interview on the BBC website in which Peter Barton shows Robert Hall some of his findings at the Red Cross archive in Geneva at

Royal Marines records available online and free at SoG Library

Tuesday, 27th January, 2009

Royal Marines records available online and free at SoG Library. TNA announced on 8 January 2009 that the service registers of some 110,000 seamen who joined the Royal Marines between 1842 and 1936 are now available to search and download from Documents Online which can be searched and downloaded free at the SOG. You can search under surname, forename, register number and date of enlistment, and may uncover the names of ships and shore stations served on, details of conduct, medal entitlement and much more.

Online Courses in Genealogy and Family History

Wednesday, 10th December, 2008

The following announcement was written by Pharos Teaching & Tutoring Limited:

Top military historian Simon Fowler joins Pharos’ roster of family history experts to lead a Pharos online course on researching military ancestors. Starting on 20 January 2009, the five-week course will look at the major resources available online and in record offices, such as The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum.

“I’m looking to forward to working with Pharos. Their courses and tutors are highly regarded,” said Simon, “Military genealogy is something which has really started to appear on the web over the past couple of years. And I think students on the course will be surprised by what they find.”

Simon has published many guides to researching military history, particularly on Army genealogy and the First World War, for The National Archives, Pen & Sword and Countryside Books: “In researching these books I have found many great resources which I have enjoyed sharing with readers.”

He is also an experienced lecturer and tutor. “I’ve always enjoyed the interaction with students in lecture rooms, but it will be a fascinating challenge to recreate this buzz through chatrooms and forums.”

Pharos Teaching & Tutoring has been providing a unique way of learning about British and Irish family history – through online courses – since March 2006

Other Courses in Winter/Spring 2009:

  • 19 January – Become a Better Genealogist
  • 20 January – Military Men and Women: Records of Britain’s Armed Forces 1750 – 1920
  • 2 February – The National Archives Catalogue – Finding People
  • 10 March – Scottish Research Online
  • 20 March – Writing Your Family History
  • 16 March – Searching for Wills and Administrations in England & Wales
  • 23 April – Caribbean Family History
  • 5 May – Scotland 1750 – 1850: Beyond the OPRs

Pharos was the first British company to provide online family history classes aimed specifically at helping researchers with British and Irish ancestry Arrangements for courses are simple and flexible making it easy to get started, study in your own time without having to travel, get help from experienced teachers, and chat about family history with other students. Courses are aimed at beginners and experienced researchers alike.
For more information on courses at Pharos, email –

Military records

Monday, 17th November, 2008

Looking for military records?  Ancestry might be able to help… it’s free to search during November.

Their collections include:

British Army WW1 Service Records 1914-1920 – Updated to surname “N”

Friday, 14th November, 2008

Ancestry UK, in conjuction with the National Archives, hold a database containing the surviving service records on non-commissioned officers and other ranks that served in WWI and did not re-enlist in the Army prior to WWII. This database has recently been updated and now contains records for all surnames in the range A-N. Names that fall outside of this range that are presently included come from records that were misfiled according to surname sequence.

For British Army WW1 Service Records 1914-1920 – Updated to surname ‘’N’’ Click here to see Ancestry’s British Army WW1 Records

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